Any homeowner can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year with these tried and proven ways of reducing energy consumption. As an added bonus, you can be happy knowing that your reduced energy usage is also helping the environment.
Go with LED lighting
LED light bulbs not only cost less per year than regular light bulbs but also consume less energy and emit less heat.
Choose Energy Efficient Devices and Appliances
HVAC units with a high SEER rating save energy year-round, as will a tankless water heater. Check other appliances you purchase to make sure they have a high energy-efficiency rating.
Unplug Appliances When Not in Use
Appliances such as microwave ovens, toasters and coffee machines can suck up energy even if they aren’t being used. To avoid this problem, have these devices plugged into the same power bar and then turn the bar off when you’re not home.
Check the Home for Leaks
Duct leaks can have a dramatic negative impact on your energy bill. Have an HVAC technician check the ducts at least once a year to ensure that they’re intact or to fix any leaks they may have.
Improve the Insulation
Insulating your home properly is an investment that is well worth the cost. You’ll not only save money on energy bills but increase your home’s overall value at the same time.
Put in Double Pane Windows
Double pane windows enable the home to retain cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat makes it possible for you to adjust the home’s temperature to a comfortable yet energy-efficient setting. Additionally, these handy devices can be programed to modify the home temperature at predetermined time periods even if you aren’t home.
Do Your Laundry in an Energy-Efficient Manner
Washing machines and dryers consume a fair bit of energy. Reduce their consumption by using cold water for washing, only putting full loads into the washing machine and hanging clothes up to dry when possible.
Put in Energy-Efficient Shower Heads and Toilets
Lower your water bill by putting in energy efficient shower heads and toilets.
Install Ceiling Fans
You don’t necessarily have to turn on the air conditioner the minute temperatures start to rise. Ceiling fans use far less energy than HVAC units and can be surprisingly effective in keeping the home cool throughout spring and even early summer.
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